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FM Zarif, Senior Italian Lawmaker Meet in Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with Vito Rosario Petrocelli, the president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate of Italy.

In the Sunday meeting held in Tehran, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest.

Zarif touched upon strong relations between Iran and Italy over the past four decades, expressing hope the current coalition government in Rome will maintain its good economic ties with Tehran as before.

"Iran has set up a corresponding institution to INSTEX (Europe"s Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) and announced its establishment to the European Union," Zarif added.

The top Italian official, in turn, said his trip to Iran comes amid good relations between the two countries. He touched upon the ageold relations between Tehran and Rome, calling for further promotion of mutual ties.

He said an IranItaly parliamentary friendship group has been established at the Italian Senate. The top Italian parliamentarian also offered condolences to the Iranian government and people for the recent flooding in Iran, and said his country would send humanitarian aid to floodstricken people.

The two sides also discussed Washington"s hostile policies towards Iran, international developments, regional issues as well as developments in North Africa.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of IRAN


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